Saturday, May 5, 2012

Harvard Track Tempo and 400s

Time: 91:35
Distance: 19.50 km

W/u: 22:16 for 4.40km
W/o: 4 mile tempo (jog back to track), 8 x 400m
C/d: 20:32 for 3.86km

Meagan and I headed off to Boston this morning for a workout with the BAA. Earlier in the week Meagan reached out to Terry Shea inquiring if anyone wanted to run a workout from the Harvard track that consisted of a tempo run and some 400s. We arrived to find 7or 8 other women looking to partake in the workout at various paces.

The workout was designed to tire the legs with the 4 miles along the Charles River and then come back to close out the effort with some quicker track work. It mixes both 10k strength with mile/5k speed. I set the pace from the outset which had us going out a little quick. A group of women started about 40 seconds in front of us and it seemed that I wanted to close that gap as quickly as possible. I think we made a pretty big dent withing the first 1k.

3:36.3, 3:41.5, 3:35.7, 3:32.5, 3:33.8, 3:29.5, 1:28.1 (3:32/k pace for final 400m) for 22:57.4 seconds

Slow jog back to the track 8:45 total which is a little more than I would have liked but we still covered over 1k and waited around

76.9 (60), 75.5 (61), 75.7 (60), 75.3 (60), 74.5 (61), 74.4 (61), 73.8 (60), 71.6

I thought Meagan handled this effort really well. She sounded and looked great on the tempo run that was faster than I had suggested. I wanted something like 6:00, 5:55, 5:50, 5:45 and got something closer to 5:47, 5:45, 5:41, 5:40. It seemed fairly comfortable for her which is a great sign in terms of fitness heading into the 10k in two weeks.

The 400s were solid off 60 seconds rest. You can fake running a lap of the track pretty easily so having Meagan run right around 5 min/mile pace was positive.

I think we both decided to do more workouts where we mix a tempo run and hit the track. Neither portion is too long and you can focus on each segment fully without feeling a little overwhelmed.

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